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Woody Allen: A Biography

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Few celebrities are as instantly recognizable as Woody Allen. Few are as notoriously shy. And perhaps none are as elusive: Is Woody Allen a comedian who wants to be taken seriously? Or is he a serious artist whose films happen to be funny? The very fact that Eric Lax was granted access to Woody for four years in order to research this biography must be counted as a triumph. And what Lax has produced is a marvel of intimacy and insight: a book that traces Allen's career from his precocious start as a gag writer to his apotheosis as a genuine auteur; a book that takes readers behind the scenes of films such as Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors; a book that overflows with Woody's candid opinions of his work, his personal relationships, and his life.
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This affectionate biography of Woody Allen is the best account of his life you can buy. Eric Lax, a longtime friend of Allen's, does not recite Allen's story by chronological rote. Instead, he begins in the present day and digresses from it to past events. The result is an anecdotal account that manages to give all the details of Allen's development as an artist and a man while remaining consistently entertaining, enlightening, and funny.

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"A gem of a biography, smartly written, well-researched, exhibiting a generosity of spirit." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"As smart and funny and touching and absolutely original as a Woody Allen movie." -- Cosmopolitan

"Filled with intimate glimpses that should fascinate and delight [Woody Allen fans]."

-- Molly Haskell, The New York Times Book Review

"Required reading for Woodyphiles...the insights Lax provides into Allen's filmmaking technique are invaluable."

-- Kansas City Star

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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 385 pages. Contains: Illustrations. Book Description: Few celebrities are as instantly recognizable as Woody Allen. Few are as notoriously shy. And perhaps none are as elusive: Is Woody Allen a comedian who wants to be taken seriously? Or is he a serious artist whose films happen to be funny? The very fact that Eric Lax was granted access to Woody for four years in order to research this biography must be counted as a triumph. And what Lax has produced is a marvel of intimacy and insight: a book that traces Allen's career from his precocious start as a gag writer to his apotheosis as a genuine auteur; a book that takes readers behind the scenes of films such as Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors; a book that overflows with Woody's candid opinions of his work, his personal relationships, and his life. From the Trade Paperback edition. Ingram A biography of the filmmaker chronicles Allen's rise to stardom as a comedian and director, employing extensive interview material with Allen himself to discuss his thoughts on growing up in New York, his personal relationships, and his art. Reprint. 75, 000 first printing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From the Back Cover "A gem of a biography, smartly written, well-researched, exhibiting a generosity of spirit. "--San Francisco Chronicle "As smart and funny and touching and absolutely original as a Woody Allen movie. "--Cosmopolitan "Filled with intimate glimpses that should fascinate and delight [Woody Allen fans]. "--Molly Haskell, The New York Times Book Review "Required reading for Woodyphiles.the insights Lax provides into Allen's filmmaking technique are invaluable. "--Kansas City Star--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. About the Author Eric Lax's books include the award-winning Life and Death on 10 West and Bogart (with A.M. Sperber). He lives in Beverly Hills. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Bookseller Inventory # 0001034

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